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National Grid's Commitment to Reenergize Gill Creek Park Comes Into Full Bloom
National Grid's Commitment to Reenergize Gill Creek Park Comes Into Full Bloom

Niagara Falls Park receives another installment of $125,000 extreme makeover

In what has become something of a rite of spring, more than 50 National Grid employees returned to Gill Creek Park in Niagara Falls to continue efforts to beautify and transform this popular public park and community asset into one of Niagara County’s most picturesque and useful green spaces.  This is the fourth time in five years that National Grid volunteers have worked with city and neighbor organizations on projects in the park. 

“Our commitment to transforming Gill Creek Park over the years continues the company’s long tradition of volunteering throughout Western New York, safeguarding the environment, and working with the communities we serve,” said Dennis Elsenbeck, regional executive for National Grid. “National Grid is very proud of what our employees have accomplished at Gill Creek Park and we are thrilled to be able to help make this public park into a true community treasure.”

The team of National Grid employees completed some ambitious gardening projects during this year’s effort, including, trash pick-up, flower planting, weeding, mulching, hedging and edging. The company also helped build two regulation sized beach volleyball courts in the park for the community. The courts will be operated by the Niagara Street Area Business & Professional Association, which plans to schedule leagues and will coordinate free for use by area residents when not being used for leagues.  In addition, National Grid expanded on its educational component of this annual clean-up by hosting more than 30 students from the Niagara Street School for an outdoor lesson at the park by one of the company’s head environmental engineers. Students learned about the importance of protecting the environment and the benefits of practicing sustainability.

This year’s clean-up completes the latest phase of a plan to transform the once underutilized park into a true community asset and beautiful public space. In addition to extensive clean-up, weeding and hedging of bushes over the years National Grid has constructed very large landscape planters out of concrete pavers, created new raised flower beds to plant a myriad of flowers, planted many new shrubs and refreshed existing flower beds with new top soil, mulch and flowers.

The company also constructed a beautiful 50-foot by 10-foot garden that serves as a centerpiece of the park and is used to educate children at Niagara Street School about environmental sciences. The peace garden also includes more than 40 indigenous plants that will be fully top soiled and mulched. National Grid made sure all improvements adhered to the master plan for the public park developed by the Niagara Street Area Business & Professional Association, City of Niagara Falls.  National Grid’s investment into Gill Creek Park over the years is more than $125,000.

ABOUT NATIONAL GRID

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it ‘joins everything up’

In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.

National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

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